Cih Violin Studio

Cih Violin Studio

5.0 (5)
7 hires on
1 employee
30 years in business

About this pro

I have over 25 years of private teaching violin. I teach viola and begining cello. I have taught in St. Mary's County and Charles County Public Schools for about 6 years combined. I Have been playing violin for over 40 years. I started out with the Suzuki Method. I participate with the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music Music Development program. I belong to American Strings Teachers Association, National Association for Music Educators, and the Music Teacher's Association.   If you live west of the Potomac, I will be too far away. Waldorf, Md is in Southern Maryland. I have 2 locations:

1 in Charles County and 1 in St. Mary's County. Charles county is my home studio.

I have added online lessons for everyone but prefer not to have to start a student that is starting from zero. There is too  many things that I need to inspect on the istrument, tape, and left hand positioning that requires touch.

Please let me know which one you're interested in.

I enjoy the challange of helping a student learn. Everyone is different and needs a different approach. I believe we are both happier when they achieve their goals. I use a variety of methods to help teach the students how to read, count, understand technique, and songs. I move at the student's pace. If they practice more, we move faster. 

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St Charles, MD 20603
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5 Reviews


  • Angela T

    My daughters have been working with Ms. Chris for two years now. She has been great! I appreciate how she makes the lessons fun for the girls and sends them home with "homework"- which keeps them ahead of their school music class.

  • Faith and Corinna Knight

    Ms. Heins is a nice and understanding teacher. She gives some freedom to choose songs you would like to play. She teaches good methods.

  • Aubrey Knight

    Amazingly patient teacher. Learned an incredible about in a short about of time.


    Shes flexible and works with our schedule. And patient

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

With a new student, we first learn about how to handle the instrument, the parts, and open string songs. 

After the first week, we start reading and pluck out simple songs until we have 8 notes. 

After we have 8 notes, we start work on the bow. 

I use what ever method I need to use to reach the student and to help them learn.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a degree in music (violin performance) and a masters in teaching. I have a couple of other degrees that are unrelated to my work. 

I belong to the American Strings Teachers Association, Music Teachers Association (national, state and local), The National Association for Music Education.

I also work with the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program.

I have gone to teacher trainings when I was with the county school systems as well as a few seminars that further my education or expand my teaching methods. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Charles County & Online:

$30/half hour $50/hour $25/hour/student for family rates.

For St. Mary's county:

$35/half hour $60/hour $30/hour/student for family rates. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching after my teacher asked if I could teach a few of her students.  The more I taught, the more I found that I liked it. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with high functioning autistic and ADHD/ADD students.  I have adult students. I have small children. I prefer to work with a student that can stay focused for 30 minutes on a topic. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

too many to pick just one. :D

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be certain that you are close to the studio. My radius covers DC and Northern Virginia. 25 miles is as the crow flies. I am in Southern Maryland which normally means without traffic, it's 45-60 minutes one way. 

I would recommend that you look for some one with experience and loves what he/she does. I also recommend finding someone the student would like to work with, not always what they need. If the student hates the teacher, they won't do the work. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What their goals are. If you have medical issues, how will that affect playing the instrument? For example, if you can't move one of your arms, the violin isn't the right instrument for you.

Can you stay focused for the length of the lesson? How much time do you have to practice? Starting out, it may require roughly an hour a week outside of the classroom. It gets longer as you get better.

Sometimes I don't speak clearly or I speak slower than my brain is spitting it out. Always ask me to repeat myself if it is unclear. I also need to know if something is hurting. Try not to arrive tired or hungry. It takes the focus off of the lesson.